Relief for Secondus as PDP BoT tackles Wike, rejects interim exco


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Relief for Secondus as PDP BoT tackles Wike, rejects interim exco

John Alechenu

6 August 2021

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National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees on Thursday opposed moves to sack the  Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee and replace it with an interim caretaker committee.

It was gathered that at a meeting, which started at 11am and presided over by the board Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, members insisted that the National Chairman, Secondus,  should be allowed to complete his tenure which would soon end.

It was also learnt that the party leaders faulted what they termed as uncomplimentary remarks by some party leaders, including the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, against the NWC.

The board, according to sources, also berated Secondus over his handling of crises in some state chapters of the party.

The PUNCH had on Thursday reported that the national chairman was battling to retain his position as Wike spearheaded moves to ensure his removal before the party’s National Executive Council meeting and the national convention.

According to the report, Secondus’ opponents reasoned that the national chairman would install his loyalists as members of the convention committee thus paving the way for his re-election.

It was alleged that Tuesday’s resignation of seven members of NEC was part of the moves to oust the national chairman and set up a caretaker committee, which would organise the next national convention.

At Thursday’s BoT meeting, it was learnt that the seven NEC members who resigned were asked to withdraw their resignation.

Findings also indicated that members insisted that Secondus should be allowed to complete his tenure.

It was gathered the meeting, which was held behind closed doors,  afforded party leaders the opportunity to speak frankly to one another.

A member of the board, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said, “ Based on the outcome of the meeting today, members want Secondus to finish his tenure, We are not in support of any interim arrangement. We spoke frankly to one another and apportioned blame where we needed to.  We looked at the bigger picture, the interest of our party.

“Most of the speakers expressed dissatisfaction with uncomplimentary remarks about our chairman by one of our leaders who was present.

“Referring to our leaders as  ‘tax collectors’ and ‘liars‘ was an insult on all of us and we said so.

“Of course, there were those who spoke up about the shoddy treatment our chairman had given them over matters he was expected to handle better but did not.

“Some of our senior party leaders who recently left did so in anger because they felt badly treated in their state chapters despite staying with the party through its most difficult times.

“He was also told in clear terms to improve  his relationship and interaction with members because politics is a game that also involves a lot of egos.”

Recall, on June 23, 2020, Wike said, “Some NWC members are tax collectors” while announcing his withdrawal from the Edo PDP reconciliation committee.

Another source stated, “Just like many of our leaders including our ex-officio members have canvassed, the aggrieved persons who have tendered resignation and some who have threatened to follow suit were encouraged to rescind their decision in the interest of our party.”

It was, however, agreed that those who refused to withdraw should be replaced.

After Thursday’s BoT meeting, a former President of the Senate, David Mark who addressed journalists, said, “We resolved at the meeting t